The piloting training program will be held at Charles O. Dewey Middle School in Sunset Park.
The program involves three hours a week of coding instruction offered after school. TradeZero America has arranged for the coding teachers and provided computers for the children. The company is planning to expand the program to seventh graders next year, and if successful, to other schools in the future, Pipitone said.
Pipitone has a 20-year track record founding and leading successful tech start-ups focused on stock trading technology. TradeZero America, which launched earlier this year, provides commission-free online stock trading for retail investors. Given the ongoing shortages for skilled talent to meet the demand in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs, he said he wanted to try to make a difference with coding training.
“As a technology entrepreneur who grew up in Brooklyn and makes my home here, I wanted to give back to the community. I felt this type of program would be one of the most effective ways to help build a foundation for the students’ success in the future,” Pipitone said.
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